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BUMBLEBEE00
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2/20/11 11:27 P

Two pounds is realistic and healthy for anyone. I have lost weight quickly, but i think it's because of the drastic change I made. I was eating around 3,000 calories a day and not excercising. I always try to eat up to my calories because one day when i reach my goal i want to be able to attain it realistically.



SWTBLOND05
Posts: 189
2/20/11 11:11 P

I am in your age group, and I worry about the state my skin will be in losing the weight slowly let alone fast. The body will need time to adjust to the changes. When I reach my goal weight, I will have lost a small person...now that is some adjusting emoticon

I also think that setting such a high weekly goal will set yourself up for failure when/if you do not get the results you want.



LISABRANDNEW11
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2/20/11 10:01 P

Losing 1-2 lbs per week is a reasonable & sensible plan. You are more likely to keep the weight off that is lost slowly.



TRINA001
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2/20/11 8:26 P

on the biggest loser, where they loose 5lb plus in a week, we all know that isn't generally healthy.
What I was wondering was whether the doctors on the show weighed up the health risks of losing weight that fast compared to the health risks of being that overweight.
Is it less unhealthy to lose that fast so long as the weight loss percentage is still within healthy limits?



KARINA722
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1/25/11 5:10 P

thanks i needed that info emoticon



KARINA722
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1/25/11 5:05 P

thanks... i was waiting for someone who was in my weight range to answer.
I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) it makes it more difficult to lose weight. But eating healthy i got that down, i rarely eat any fast food. I started eating Healthier like 2months ago so hopefully when i lose more weight, i won't gain it back.



ARCHIMEDESII
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1/25/11 9:48 A

It seems like younger people lose faster than older people, but that's because younger people have more lean muscle. As we age, if we don't strength train, that decreases our body's ability to burn fat. So, if an older person doesn't strength train, they will find it takes longer to lose.

However, when it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what you eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy.

There is no fast way to take off the weight without damaging our health. As other people have already noted, the losses the contestants on the Biggest Loser have are not typical. In fact, over 50% of those people gained the weight back.

In short, the faster you take off the weight, the faster it will pack back on. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

Can a person take off 5 pounds per week ? They could if they were willing to workout 4-6 hours a day. Some how I don't think the OP wants to spend 4-6 hours a day in the gym. It's not practical and it's not sustainable.

My advice to the OP is to be patient with themselves and their body. They didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Take the weight off slowly and it stays off.

Seeing a large loss initially is not unusual. It's also not a fat loss. it's a water weight loss. In order to lose 5 pounds of fat, a person needs to either burn 17,500 calories via either exercise or a decrease in caloric intake.

one pound of fat = 3,500 calories. So, in theory in order to lose one pound of fat in a week, a person would need to decrease their caloric intake by 500 calories each day. Then in seven days, that would give them a one pound loss.

Can someone who's morbidly obese lose more than 2 ? Sure, it can happen. However, as that person loses weight and the closer they get to a normal weight, that loss will slow down.

losing 1-2 pounds per week would be considered a safe weekly weight loss for someone with a lot to lose. They can lose more, but honestly, people who've taken the weight off quickly were doomed to have that weight pack back on.

Many of us can attest to this fact. I sure can. How many times did I starve myself when I was young only to have the weight pack back on when I went back to my old eating habits ?

If the OP really wants to take the weight off and keep it off, they must be mindful of what they eat.



KARA623
Posts: 727
1/25/11 9:37 A

Karina, to answer your question about your skin: Yes, if you lose the weight really fast, your skin has more trouble bouncing back. That's where your youth may work in your favor. I started losing weight in my late 30s, and my starting weight was 264. Even though I've done this slowly, there are areas of my body that will never be normal w/out surgery.

At your age, if you do this right, you have a better chance of getting to a "normal" body without all the excess skin. That means losing weight slowly. There's another added benefit to doing this slowly btw. The longer you stick with it, the more you can really settle into it as a lifestlye, which means that when you hit your magic number, you're far less likely to go hog wild and resume prior bad habits and gain it all back. I know it's tempting to try to lose all the weight really quickly, but you owe it to yourself to do this right. For me, the very worst thing that could happen would be that i lose all the weight and then gain it back. I would rather have just stayed fat than go through that and have to do it all over again.

Be patient. Be healthy. In the long run, you'll be glad you did.

Edited by: KARA623 at: 1/25/2011 (09:39)


TARISAANDE
Posts: 498
1/25/11 9:30 A

Please don't take anything on The Biggest Loser as good advice. As far as I'm concerned, that show opens to door to eating-disorder-heaven. It is UNHEALTHY and DANGEROUS to lose weight the way they do. I don't care if they are medically supervised. Just because a doc is there to resuscitate you if you have a heart attack on the treadmill doesn't mean it was a good idea.

Spark says up to 2lbs a week is healthy because it is, at least at your weight. You are heavier now, so you could expect periodic greater losses just because that's how weight loss works, but you shouldn't expect them all the time. Losing weight 5 pounds a week is quite shocking to the body, and just because someone CAN do it doesn't mean they SHOULD do it. Kind of like, I COULD eat only candy every day and lose weight, but I really shouldn't, because my body would break down.







ZORBS13
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1/25/11 7:58 A

"younger ppl can lose weight faster then older."

No, that's not true.



SUGAMAGNOLIA
Posts: 85
1/25/11 7:58 A

The heavier you are, the more you will lose in LBS the first week or so.

THe people on Biggest Loser and other weight loss shows work out about 8 hours a day. It is unrealistic to set such high goals because then it is not an attainable lifestyle.

Do you want to diet? Or do you want a new lifestyle? If you want a new lifestyle, stick with a healthy .5 to 2 lb per week goal. And remember, we've all had those weeks where we worked out to max intensity and made good choices with food yet nothing comes off on the scale. It happens! Just because you don't see big numbers on the scale doesn't mean you aren't losing inches.

Research shows that rapid weight loss is usually gained back rapidly + about 20 extra lbs. THats what my coach tells me.

Good luck.



KARINA722
Posts: 5
1/25/11 7:53 A

not that it feels right for me,i just know that younger ppl can lose weight faster then older. I was meaning like can my skin damage from losing to much weight rapidly.

Biggest Loser is really bad.They actual almost die.

I'm saying like the shows HEAVY & I USED TO BE FAT.



ZORBS13
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1/25/11 7:43 A

normal healthy weight loss is 0.5-2 pounds a week. The Biggest Loser is not real life. However, you may lose more the first couple of weeks into a new program due to water retention or if you have oer 100 pounds to lose. But wanting to lose 5 pounds a week just because you think it feels right for you? No way.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 1/25/2011 (07:44)


KARINA722
Posts: 5
1/25/11 7:34 A

I notice that Spark says it's healthy to lose 2 lbs/wk.
Im 22 so does that even matter to me & on health shows ppl lose even 14 lbs/wk. My idea weight lost is 5lbs a week or more.



 
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